2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social and Human Services - Mental Health Technician Certificate

Program Description This program of study provides the foundation, knowledge, and skills to effectively work with individuals in behavioral health and memory care environments. The program allows students to attain entry level employment in settings such as hospitals, group homes, dementia facilities, and other programs where monitoring of behavioral health is required. This certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 39 credits as outlined.

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic advisor. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Program Requirements (39 credits)


  1. Act responsibly in applying professional and academic standards associated with personal wellness; sustainable management of resources; and/or with success in educational, workplace, community, and team settings.
  2. Demonstrate ability to effectively work with consumers using communication skills, group interaction, problem solving, ethical procedures, and crisis management techniques.
  3. Describe a range of evidence-based practice methods, including principles, strategies, and techniques used to assist consumers in reaching their service goals.
  4. Function as a member of the health care team while providing services within scope of practice related to patient/consumer care in behavioral health, long term care, supportive structured care, and acute care settings.

*See Program Requirements Notes

Program Notes

The program code for this certificate is MHSMTC20. For financial aid, advising, and other reasons, students should work with their advisor to ensure that this code is properly recorded on their academic record.

  • The settings where this certificate can be helpful include hospitals, group homes, dementia facilities, and other programs where monitoring of behavioral health is required.
  • Students who already hold a current certification as a Washington State Nursing assistant (CNA) can substitute approved electives for NURS 101, NURS 102 and NURS 103. See faculty advisor.
  • All students complete a field practicum, jointly supervised by the faculty and professionals, in cooperation with community based agencies. The practicum provides the opportunity to directly apply the knowledge and skills developed in the classroom to a relevant work setting.
  • Note: NURS 101, NURS 102 and NURS 103 were previously known as AHE 162 and AHE 164.

*Program Requirements Notes

  • Not all courses are offered every quarter. Students are strongly urged to consult with their faculty advisor regarding schedule planning.
  • Participation in practicum and externship classes require documentation of immunization, TB testing and criminal background status prior to registering for those classes. Students are advised that clinical placement may be denied if immunization records and CPR are not current or if there is a criminal history that the facility considers unacceptable.​

The advisor for this program is:
Cathy Dominguez | cathy.dominguez@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1242

The faculty advisors for this program are:
Timothy Burdick | timothy.burdick@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1633
Christina Coiro | ccoiro@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1981
Roxanne Green | roxanne.green@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1595
Mika McAfee | mika.mcafee@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1452
Elizabeth Patterson | elizabeth.patterson@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1061

Department Website: Social and Human Services | www.edmonds.edu/shs

Internal Coding

TC - 39
CIP - 511502
Last revised - 2023/05/25